Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa. Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop, it is now facilitated by Relationships Australia and aims to encourage neighbours to look out for and help one another. http://www.neighbourday.org/2013-2/ideas-from-around-australia/
South Fremantle Precinct
The Fremantle Council supports community precinct groups to enable residents to work together to enact positive changes in their community. The South Fremantle Precinct was restarted in 2013 and has been involved in a number of key activities.
- Pizza Fiesta The group organised a community picnic in a local park. A local bakery supplied 50 1m long pizzas which were shared by residents. Local musicians both amateur and professional played at the event. Our local school ran a cake stall which raised nearly $1000 for the school. Community groups provided information about themselves on information boards and a local environment group ran a verge competition to encourage residents to convert their nature strips to natives. We also collected suggestions for ways to improve our local shopping area, which had been identified by Precinct members as a priority (see #2). We tried to promote ideas for being a good neighbour.
- South Terrace Improvement Improving the streetscape of our local shopping area is a priority of the group. We gathered community ideas at the Pizza Fiesta and this was channeled into Council by our local Councillor. As a result Council is now working on a draft plan for the area including making the area more bike and pedestrian friendly, more shady and inviting without losing its creative, quirky ambiance.
- South Fremantle Small Business Collective In order to support our local businesses the Precinct has initiated a local business group which aims to promote cooperation and communication between local businesses. This fledgling initiative has been embraced by business and a promotional event is being discussed as are ideas for what individual businesses can do to contribute to the streetscape in addition to Council initiatives.
We are a small suburb but residents have a great deal of love for the area. We communicate via Facebook but also have a Council website at http://freospace.com.au/ Belinda, Convenor, South Fremantle Precinct
Men’s Sheds bring men together to make or fix things. Sharing of tools, designs and tips make this a great way for men to connect with others, while doing something they enjoy. http://www.mensshed.org/home/
Ability Links – supporting people with a disability
Ability Links, a project of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, works within local communities to assist people with disability, their families and carers to be valued and active members of their community. Ability Links coordinators, known as ‘linkers’, work with people with disability, their families and carers to plan for their future, and help people become more confident, supporting them to achieve their goals and access support and services in their community. Linkers also work alongside communities and mainstream services, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.vinnies.org.au